The spread of West Nile Virus (WNv) in Ontario has attracted the attention of public health officials, the media and Ontario residents. At this time, the human health risk of WNv remains low compared to other human health risks. However, knowledge of the scope and severity of illness is growing as this newly emerging virus extends across North America.
West Nile Virus is a public health issue. The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, in association with local health units and municipalities across the province, has the primary responsibility for research and public education about WNv. As with other public health issues, these agencies have requested the assistance of the people of Ontario and other institutions, such as Conservation Authorities, to help deal with the virus.
CLOCA is working with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority to sample storm water management ponds and natural wetlands to further study the health risks from West Nile Virus that may be associated with these water features. A report of these findings will be available from the TRCA.
For more information about West Nile Virus:
West Nile Virus Fact Sheet
Durham Region Health Department
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention